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22 March 2001, 09:33 am
A New Race Within The Race
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The Race

The Poles have reached the Brazilian port of Fortalenza
Warta-Polpharma hope to be able to leave again in just a few days, still in the race, seting up a final duel with Team Legato.

For Warta-Polpharma, the programme is simple. "Repair the boat as fast as possible in order to get back in the race." Once the boat is in shape again, the crew intends finishing this circumnavigation and reaching Marseilles. If all goes well with the repairs, the Poles hope to put to sea again just behind Team Legato and therefore finish The Race with a face-off against Tony Bullimore.

Team Adventure's ETA in Marseilles is still sometime between 23rd and 24th march. Jean-Yves Bernot confirmed during today's radio chat session: "Not a breath of wind, I hope we're not going to take too long. If we don't get stuck for two days, we hope to be in Marseilles on 23rd in the evening". After the good speeds recorded yesterday, they were progressively slowed down throughout the night and finally this morning, Cam Lewis and his troops found themselves "parked" in a lull and reduced to 2.6 knots!

Team Legato is tacking into a headwind and is getting "dangerously" close to Brazil, sailing only 200 miles off the coast. Tony Bullimore and his boys were abeam the Martin Vaz islands, 400 miles south of Salvador de Bahia. They were beating into a headwind at about 12 knots.
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